Three takeaways from Congress’s ability to avoid a shutdown — this time around, at least

President Trump declares a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border as he speaks about border security in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday. Read More

How did an annual report to Congress become the State of the Union address, a formal state occasion? We discuss.

President Trump delivers his State of the Union speech before members of Congress. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Andrew Rudalevige: It’s State of the Union time!… Read More

The Senate and intelligence community rebuked Trump on national security this week. Here’s why that matters — a lot.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters Tuesday about the vote to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of U.S. troops from… Read More

Why the shutdown ended — and what to watch for now

Congress and the president agreed to pass seven stopgap spending bills to fund government agencies through Feb. 15. This brings an end to the longest… Read More

What will it take to end the shutdown? Watch these three things.

For the third week in a row, the government remains partly shut down, and President Trump insists that he won’t sign the bills that… Read More

The shutdown is just the finale. Here are five takeaways from the Republican Congress’s chaotic 2018.

A security barricade in front of the U.S. Capitol on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown in Washington on Dec. 22. (Joshua… Read More

Three reasons you should be startled by how the Senate rebuked Trump

President Trump. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) On Thursday, for the first time ever, the Senate used its authority under the 1973 War Powers Resolution… Read More

Here are 4 things to expect from a new, Trumpier, more polarized Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, reacts after voting results during a House Democratic election night event in Washington on Tuesday. (Yuri… Read More

4 reasons why the Kavanaugh hearings have become a stalled tropical storm

President  Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, testifies Sept. 6 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP) All eyes —… Read More

Immigration boiled over last week. Here’s what Congress did — and why.

Immigrants line up outside a bus station in McAllen, Tex., after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on  June 24. Read More